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Bucs quotebook

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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 25, 2000


Tight end Dave Moore on the offense in the final minutes: "They did a nice job of shutting down our run at the end. We were usually pretty good on four-minute offense as far as putting tight ends in there and pounding them. Unfortunately, today we didn't take care of business."

Moore on the offense's thinking before Mike Alstott's fumble: "We discussed it in the huddle, believe me, all we needed was one first down. That's what we were trying to do."

Moore on his position's involvement in the offense: "I think it depends on what other teams are playing on defense, but we're always involved to an extent. It just depends on how the game unfolds, where we need to help."

Moore on his first touchdown catch of the season: "They ran a certain defense that made (quarterback) Shaun (King) check. It was designed to go to the guy in the flat but he was covered, so (King) just put it up over the top."

Defensive tackle Warren Sapp on the Jets' resiliency: "Everyone they've played all this year has had a chance to put them away. We fell right in the same mold, and they made the plays in the fourth quarter to beat us. That's tough to take. We've always said, "Give us the lead and we'll secure the win.' We didn't do it today."

Sapp on his feelings after the Jets pulled within 17-14 with 1:54 left: "At no point in time did I think we could lose it."

Sapp on coming back from the loss: "The best thing is we have a chance to respond next week. I think we have enough veterans and good players in this locker room that we will respond positively. We cannot do anything about it now. It's over. We're 3-1 and we're going to Washington, and we have our work cut out for us."

Sapp on the Jets' game-winning touchdown drive: "We just did not tackle well on the last drive. They put the ball in the right people's hands and won the game."

Sapp on the meaning of the loss: "Our season is not over. We lost a game. No more, no less."

Damien Robinson on Curtis Martin's halfback option pass to Wayne Chrebet for the winning touchdown: "It was a good play by them because they had just run the option the play before and pitched. Basically we were in man-to-man defense, he ran a good route and we messed up the coverage. ... It caught us off a bit."

Cornerback Ronde Barber on his second interception return for a touchdown in four games: "I was just doing my job and was in the right place at the right time. That's what makes you a good football player."

Linebacker Derrick Brooks on the loss: "There is no reason that we should not have gotten the job done today."

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